Thoughts from the Alamo Chapter President

LTG (Ret) Stephen Speakes, Alamo Chapter AUSA President Dear Members of the Army Family,

The Alamo Chapter of AUSA strives to assist our Soldiers and their families, but we need your help.

AUSA President, Gordon Sullivan, recently said, "AUSA, with your help, has fought since the beginning of sequestration to end the arbitrary, cookie cutter approach to deficit reduction. Now, along with you, we will fight with equal vigor to undo the provision of the new law that creates an enormous penalty for current and future military retirees who protect and defend this nation.  We will work with the many members of Congress who agree with us to eliminate the working-age COLA reduction before its implementation in 2015.  Contact your elected representatives now to add your voice.  Go to www.ausa.org click on the Contact Congress link, enter your zip code, and send the AUSA-suggested letter titled Repeal the Military Retiree COLA Cut.

AUSA shares a common bond with our Army and all Americans but our leaders in the nation's capitol are struggling with strategic implications to retain our Soldiers in the force structure, reduce Tricare fee hikes, and keep retirement benefits.  We all are truly in a tactical fight to maintain the Army we know and love.  Here in San Antonio, I'm proud to report that we have made a difference providing scholarships to well deserving students and future Soldiers, being a professional forum for information about our Army, and supporting local efforts to enhance the quality of support for our wounded warriors and veterans - however, we continue to face uphill battles and need our corporate members to consider financially contributing to our efforts. 

We are still short of our financial objective, and I'm asking all of you to please consider giving to the Alamo Chapter and encouraging corporations you may know, as well as others to contribute as well. If you have the time, we would welcome you as a volunteer also.

If you wish to make a tax deductible contribution, you have options.  Click on "Donate" button to make contribution through PayPal. Otherwise, please make out a check to "The Alamo Chapter of AUSA" and address it to our business address at PO Box 340226, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234.

I welcome any suggestions, criticism, or help you would like to offer. My email is stephen.speakes@gmail.com and my cell phone number is 210 620 6620. For corporate membership and sponsorship, you may contact Sharon Ferguson at sharoncferguson@gmail.com; cell number is (210) 275-2880; karol_franco@navyfederal.org; cell number is (210) 804-6725. For individual membership, you may contact Dennis Lafferty at P3@satx.rr.com or Emma Lopez at EmmaL@RealtyExecutives.com; cell number is 210-695-0802.

Sincerely,
Steve Speakes
Lt. Gen. (Ret) US Army
Alamo Chapter President

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